Written by Kathryn Eyring
Why should older adults text?
“Grandma, let me teach you how to text.”
“No! I’m too old to start messing around with my phone like YOU do!
Older adults who text may say that it was a challenge!
Nonetheless, texting can be life-changing in many GOOD ways. Older adults can be more connected socially and even feel more loved.
Share this article with someone you’ve been trying to persuade so they understand the advantages of texting!
5 Reasons Older Adults Should Learn to Text
- Our brains thrive on novelty. If you don’t believe this, watch my interview with Teepa Snow, a leading dementia expert, who explains it. It’s good to learn new things!
- It’s good to be connected with people that love you. Messages and pictures from friends, children, or grandchildren are uplifting and they remind us that someone is thinking of us.
- Worry LESS. Did you ever say, “Let me know when you get there”? Make it easier! You’re MORE likely to get a TEXT that takes 5 seconds than a phone call that takes longer.
- People may seem more polite. You’re more likely to get information like, “I’m running 5 minutes late” by text because a phone call takes 10 times longer to make!
- You’ll be better informed. “Dad, Jim is out of surgery and the doctor said he did well!” There are some situations when you can be informed by text when a phone call just cannot be made.
Although it has been 29 years since the first text was sent, some people need a little coaxing. Isn’t it time for YOU to learn to text?
I want to know… What’s YOUR opinion on older adults texting?
Do you text? Do you think there’s a benefit to texting?
Have you tried to persuade an older adult to text but he or she refused?
Please share your thoughts in the comment section below!